National Convention • April 6-8, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky • Galt House Hotel
Alpha Chi’s academic thoroughbreds will race into Louisville, Kentucky, April 6-8, 2017, for their highly anticipated annual convention. Carrying laptops, poster tubes, flash drives, and other academic tools of the trade, hundreds of students and their sponsors will swing through the doors of the legendary Galt House to showcase their scholarly and creative work on a national platform, hear from distinguished guest speakers, and network with peers from around the country.
Thursday evening will kick off with welcome sessions for students and sponsors.
The buzz and hum of excitement will ramp up at the following reception and poster session as the judges move among the extensive entries—from visual art to researched posters in the sciences, humanities, social sciences, business, and education.
The pace will be brisk and ideas electric on Friday and Saturday mornings as delegates present their creative and scholarly work in adjudicated, concurrent sessions organized by academic discipline. Punctuated by breaks to network by region and strengthen their local chapters, the life of the mind will be explored as Transcending Boundaries remains our convention theme.
The National Service Project continues to focus on literacy, and we hope chapters will join us in “making scholarship effective for good” by collecting new children’s books that will find a home in Louisville as a reminder of Alpha Chi’s visit to the host city.
Most chapter delegations plan to enjoy the sights of Louisville on Friday afternoon, many of which are within walking distance of the Galt House, including Waterfront Park, the Kentucky Science Center, the Louisville Slugger Museum, and the Muhammad Ali Center. Other nearby places of interest, the Kentucky Derby Museum, the Frazier History Museum, and the Louisville Zoo, will be sure to attract some of the delegates.
“Alpha Chi’s Got Talent” will cap a busy Friday, a chance for members to entertain their peers in a relaxed, informal setting. If last year’s musicians, dancers, poets, and storytellers are any indication, the line-up will be chock-full of talent.
Convention highlights will include bestowing the Distinguished Alumni award to Dr. Ed Madden, who will address the delegates on Friday morning, and the Gala on Saturday evening. After a keynote address by Dr. John Janovy, students and sponsors alike will receive their academic roses as the much-anticipated convention presentation awards are revealed, national scholarships awarded, student collaborative researchers heralded, and the President’s Cup for Outstanding Chapter announced. Hands down, the convention in Louisville promises to be the best yet.
We hope you'll plan to join us!